Minnesota, North Dakota to Renew Rivalry
CHN Staff Report
When the Big Ten formed, it meant the end of one of college hockey's most fierce in-conference rivalry, North Dakota and Minnesota. That will change in 2016-17.
North Dakota and Minnesota have agreed to a two-year deal to play games during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, they announced today. Minnesota will be host the first year, and North Dakota the second year. Dates for both series will be determined at a later time.
“This is a rivalry that our fans, alumni and team look forward to renewing,” said UND head coach Dave Hakstol. “It is one of the most heated in all of college sports.”
Minnesota coach Don Lucia was initially reluctant to keep the rivarly going once the teams went to separate conferences.
“We’re thrilled to officially get North Dakota back on our schedule and to renew one of the greatest rivalries in our sport,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. “This rivalry is great for our programs, great for college hockey and great for our fans, and we’re excited to bring North Dakota back to Mariucci Arena.”
The teams first played against each other in 1930, and continuously from 1948 to 2013. Minnesota owns a 145-130-15 all-time record against North Dakota with the final meeting between the two rivals ending in a 4-4 overtime tie on Jan. 19, 2013 at Mariucci Arena.
Minnesota and North Dakota have combined for 12 national championships, 39 NCAA Frozen Four appearances, and six Hobey Baker Award winners.